Gary was born November 8, 1951 in Sweetwater, TX. Because his father worked in the oil field for Amoco, he was raised in various oil field towns, finally finishing high school in Tyler at Robert E. Lee. At that time, the Tyler paper recognized him as Lee’s ace pitcher, making everyone who knew him very proud. Gary continued his education at Tyler Junior College, where he met his first serious girlfriend Susan, who became his lifelong wife, after they both graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. Gary then went to work for Amoco Production, later BP Oil and Gas. Like his father, he went wherever the company needed him, both in the U.S. and to Trinidad & Tobago. Gary spent his entire career with that one company. He was a very loyal employee, friend, father and husband throughout his life.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Myrl Murray and Osie Jean Laws Carpenter. He is survived by his wife, Susan of Tyler; daughter, Dr. Erica Carpenter of The Colony, TX; sister, Judy Berg of Alvin, TX; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
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